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UEFA EURO 2020 Group C: Netherlands, Ukraine, Austria, North Macedonia

All you need to know about UEFA EURO 2020 Group B contenders Netherlands, Ukraine, Austria and North Macedonia.

Netherlands (see fixtures here)

Head-to-head record
v Ukraine W1 D1 L0 F4 A1
v Austria W9 D4 L6 F36 A24
v North Macedonia W2 D2 L0 F8 A3

Qualifying record: P8 W6 D1 L1 F24 A7
Qualifying top scorer: Georginio Wijnaldum (8)
UEFA EURO best: winners (1988)
UEFA EURO 2016: did not qualify

Highlights: Netherlands 3-1 Northern Ireland

Coach: Frank de Boer
De Boer replaced Barcelona-bound former team-mate Ronald Koeman in September 2020 having previously coached Ajax, Inter, Crystal Palace and Atlanta United.

Key player: Memphis Depay
The Oranje have plenty of squad depth but much of the attacking burden falls on the powerful Lyon forward, an indefatigable runner with a fearsome right foot.

One to watch: Frenkie de Jong
With his exceptional ability to retain possession, create space, glide between the lines and build from the back, De Jong has become Oranje’s midfield metronome.

Did you know?
The Dutch missed out on UEFA EURO 2016 and the 2018 FIFA World Cup. It is their longest absence from major finals since the mid-1980s, when they marked their return by winning EURO '88.

Ukraine (see fixtures here)

Head-to-head record
v Netherlands W0 D1 L1 F1 A4
v Austria W1 D0 L1 F4 A4
v North Macedonia W2 D1 L1 F3 A1

Qualifying record: P8 W6 D2 L0 F17 A4
Qualifying top scorer: Roman Yaremchuk (4)
European Cup best: group stage (2012, 2016)
UEFA EURO 2016: group stage

Highlights: Ukraine 2-1 Portugal

Coach: Andriy Shevchenko
A brilliant striker who won the 2003 UEFA Champions League and 2004 Ballon d'Or while at AC Milan, Shevchenko remains fifth in the all-time UEFA club competitions scorers' chart with 67 goals.

Draw reaction: "[The Netherlands are] one of the stronger sides; they have lots of potential and a great coach. We’ll be playing them away as well, so it will be a very tough one. Austria are not straightforward either. I think Ukraine still have a good chance of progressing. It will all depend on the condition of our players at the beginning of the championship. The most important thing is to avoid injuries."

Key player: Andriy Yarmolenko
Ukraine's current top marksman (only Shevchenko, on 48, has more), Yarmolenko remains his side's main creative threat despite being short on first-team football at West Ham.

One to watch: Viktor Tsygankov
The Dynamo man has tough competition, as Yarmolenko and Marlos can both fill his favoured position on the Ukraine right wing, yet he continues to carve out a niche.

Did you know?
This is the first time Ukraine have qualified for a EURO directly; they made it as co-hosts in 2012, and beat Slovenia in the play-offs to reach the 2016 event.

Austria (see fixtures here)

Head-to-head record
v Netherlands W6 D4 L9 F24 A36
v Ukraine W1 D0 L1 F4 A4
v North Macedonia W2 D0 L0 F6 A2

Qualifying record: P10 W6 D1 L3 F19 A9
Qualifying top scorer: Marko Arnautović (6)
UEFA EURO best: group stage (2008, 2016)
UEFA EURO 2016: group stage

Highlights: Austria 3-1 Israel

Coach: Franco Foda
Capped twice by West Germany, Foda spent the majority of his coaching career with Sturm Graz, winning the league and cup. He has been Austria boss since the start of 2018.

Draw reaction: "It’s a very exciting group. The Netherlands are the absolute favourites but, after that, the group is very even. We’ll definitely play once in Amsterdam and twice in Bucharest. That’s important for us; now we can probably hold our base camp in Austria and then it’s fairly quick to get to Amsterdam and Bucharest, so the group is also very good from the point of view of travel."

Key player: Marko Arnautović
Austria have had difficulties unlocking defences over recent years, but in China-based Arnautović they have a forward who invariably finds the key.

One to watch: Christop Baumgartner
The attacking midfielder made a huge impact on his Austria debut in September 2020. With excellent vision, precise passing and a clinical streak in front of goal, the Hoffenheim youngster has swiftly established himself as part of Foda's Plan A.

Did you know?
It is nearly three decades since Austria's last victory at a major finals, defeating the United States 2-1 at the 1990 World Cup.

North Macedonia (see fixtures here)

Head-to-head record
v Netherlands W0 D2 L2 F3 A8
v Ukraine W1 D1 L2 F1 A3
v Austria W0 D0 L2 F2 A6

Qualifying record: P10 W4 D2 L4 F12 A13
Play-offs: Kosovo (h) 2-1, Georgia (a) 1-0
Qualifying top scorer: Eljif Elmas (4)
UEFA EURO 2016: did not qualify

Highlights: Georgia 0-1 North Macedonia

Coach: Igor Angelovski
Angelovski was appointed in October 2015 after two years in charge of Rabotnički, having led them to a domestic double and a pair of Macedonian Cup wins.

Key player: Goran Pandev
The versatile Genoa forward is now 37 and in his 20th season in Italy, but his powers of creativity, vision and passing are undimmed. Pandev is North Macedonia’s captain, record scorer and record appearance-maker, and fired them to the finals with a play-off winner in Georgia.

One to watch: Eljif Elmas
Just 21 and earmarked as Pandev's long-term successor as fulcrum of the national team. The Napoli midfielder's vision belies his years, a master of distribution who doesn't shirk the physical side of the game.

Did you know?
North Macedonia's third place was their highest finish in any of the 13 qualifying groups they have contested since independence (though their play-off spot came via the UEFA Nations League).